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How can I get dynamic updates using Unix DNS in a mixed mode environment?

We are looking to implement Win2k Advanced Server and SQL Server 2000 in a mixed Unix and WinNT environment. There is to be no Active Directory. Our existing Unix DNS supports SRV records, but does not support dynamic updates. We are not migrating our PDC/BDC for the short term. I would like to keep the existing DNS infrastructure for cost reasons. I can't find anything concerning what resource records I would have to manually add to my DNS to support Win2k servers in a mixed mode environment. I am familiar with Microsoft Q178169, but I can't find anything in TechNet that directly answers my question. Thank you.
WITHOUT Active Directory, the only records the Windows machine, by default, need are the A-records which translate name to IP address. For SQL 2000, you may want SRV records depending on the configuration -- but in a simple installation, the machine name being registered will be sufficient. Some other applications use the reverse lookup (PTR) record as well. If you have reverse lookup zones create you will want to create the PTR record for the server as well.

When you move to AD, you WILL want dynamic update to work. But, with some planning you can use the DC as a DNS server and allow dynamic updates there.

This was first published in April 2002

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